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As we wrap-up our TEDxAtlanta coverage, I spoke with Melody Moore Jackson from the Georgia Tech BrainLab. The BrianLab’s area of focus is direct brain interfaces that allow locked-in patients (full paralysis and unable to speak) to communicate with their caregivers using only brain waves. Melody gave the attendees a deep look at how they’ve pioneered the use of infrared light to see into specific areas of the brain, and map the electrical signals to the answers Yes and No. She also showed a video of one of her researchers controlling his wheelchair completely via brain waves. Literally amazing work! Stay tuned for a future story on Melody and the entire BrainLab team. The breakthroughs they’re creating definitely warrant a deeper look inside with the full TechDrawl video crew. And we’ll certainly be covering the final TEDxAtlanta 2010 event this fall. Enjoy our video interview below:
For all the theoretical discussion about learning and how our institutions must change, there’s an entire universe of junior and high school administrators successfully navigating this new world every morning ­– and in every hallway. It calls for changes in teacher training, technology, and different way administrators interact with students. And in some cases, it calls for a radical rethink of how (and where) high school is conducted. It's not easy to fundamentally change the business of education, but these four are tackling it head-on. While attending TEDxAtlanta this week, I interviewed four leading school administrators from Greater Atlanta Christian, Westminster, Blessed Trinity Catholic and THINK Global.  While each had their own take on how to implement these required changes, the common thread was each had the vision to be doing it right now. Whether that’s GAC’s industry-leading partnership with Apple to put iPod touchs in every student’s hand, or…
We recently interviewed Anya Kamenetz, who’s a staff writer at Fast Company covering technology, design, sustainability and social entrepreneurship and her second book is titled DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Her latest work is squarely focused on the coming epiphany facing our higher education institutions. Kamenetz highlights a series of facts that made TEDxAtlanta attendees take notice including: the price of college has increased more than any other good or service in the last 20 years; almost half of college freshman never graduate; and those who do have massive federal and private student loan debt. She summarizes our choice as: “Radically change the way higher education is delivered, or resign ourselves to never having enough of it.” Her prescription for fixing the system includes a radical departure both in how students gain information and knowledge (think Wikipedia, TED, etc.) and how educational institutions must…
Earlier this week I attended my first TEDxAtlanta, and the topic was Re:learn. As you’d expect, the speakers were among the country’s leading minds on the transformation of learning. The program was designed by Tod Martin and his Unboundary team to explore two critical questions: What do we need to be learning? And how should we learn it? For many of our own startup reasons, I was excited to spend time Michael Levine who is the Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Joan Ganz Cooney was the original impetus behind Sesame Street and had a radical assumption in the late 1960s: that children could learn via television. Everyone knows how successful the show has been, but it now reaches 100 million children and their families in over 140 countries. And guess what? The Center’s mission has now shifted completely to defining digital entertainment as the next frontier for…
Friday, 30 April 2010 03:00

Microsoft Hearts Developers With WebsiteSpark

Written by Dave Walters
Larry Gregory of Microsoft stopped by recently with Tom Leonard from CentricSites to talk about the WebsiteSpark program. Leonard runs a small application development shop focused on sales force automation. By employing the suite of .NET products, CentricSites manages nationwide (and international) sales force products that deliver leads, track sales and provide individual vanity pages for each sales rep. Leonard described Microsoft's WebsiteSpark program as the ultimate 'sponsor' in his appdev world. "We could be the greatest technologists around, but without those tools (Visual Studio, SQL Server, etc.) we're never going to get there," says Leonard. "I think of it as being a race car driver. You can be the world's greatest race car driver, but if no one's going to sponsor your car you're going to be watching the race from the stands with the rest of the fans." Microsoft WebsiteSpark includes Visual Studio Professional Expression Studio 3 (1…
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